12 Fantastic Ways to Sidestep a Coffee Maker and Still Brew

how to brew coffee without coffee maker

Do you depend on your much beloved coffee maker to give you your favorite hot coffee daily? Most people do. Indeed, some people have a good time to spend, brewing coffee in a pot, without a hassle, daily.

Such people usually use home-roasted beans. These are normally freshly ground. The majority of us cannot afford that luxury. Yes, we typically wake up, stride to where the coffee pot is, start it, and prayerfully mumble, hoping that it brews faster!

What happens, however, when you wake up, do as usual, but the goddamn button fails to work? What if the water fails to heat up? God forbid, what if a sudden power outage decides to visit at that unholy hour? Or worse, what if you find yourself in a campsite or a hotel without a coffee pot in sight?

Happily, there is some good news: you can have fresh, quick, hot coffee even without a machine like a coffee maker! Nevertheless, what must you keep in mind to enjoy this steaming hot stuff, without a hassle?

Keep this in Mind

You have suddenly found yourself having to learn how to make coffee without using a coffee maker. What are the prospects for you to achieve success? Well, the chances are that the drink you are about to make won’t be one of the best. There are, however, a few steps you can take to ensure the brew is almost as good. Let us talk about them.

Do the following:

Use coffee that is freshly ground: Yes, it is best to use beans that are freshly ground. Usually, it takes just a short time before the beans lose their core element.

Use coffee that is freshly roasted: As a rule, a great cup of coffee depends on the type of beans used. You want to use quality beans that were roasted no more than 14 days ago.

Ensure the temperature is right: If you use boiling water, you will just ruin your beans. On the other hand, if it is too cold, you are likely to under-extract the beans. The ideal temperature depends much on your method of brewing. If you want to make the best brew, the temperature should be within the recommended range.

There is an easy way to ensure this, without having a thermometer. Simply make the water boil properly. Let it stay for less than a minute. This means you time it. Also, ensure you use fresh water.

Amazing Coffee

There are varying methods to make fantastic coffee without the help of a coffee maker. What might limit you are the items available at hand. Always be resourceful.

Of course, none of these methods can compare with your familiar, nice-smelling coffee that you have taken religiously for years. But you will at least get something to keep you going before you buy a new brewing machine or decide to change hotels.

Are you now ready to learn about 12 fantastic ways to brew your coffee without the use of a coffee maker? Here we go! Let us learn about each of them, step by step.

Method 1: The Saucepan

This method works best for those who have limited supplies. Using just a few items, you can make either a cup or more quantity of coffee, as desired, right there, in your kitchen stove.

Gather the essentials:

What do you need? You will need the following items:

  • A Mug
  • Water
  • A spoonCoffee grounds
  • Small saucepan
  • Ladle

How to Proceed, Step-By-Step

  • Fill a pan with water. Turn the heat on. You need a little more water than you usually use whenever you make coffee. Why? Unfailingly, some of it is going to be left behind after boiling and soaking into the grounds.
  • Set the burner to medium-high and make your coffee boil sufficiently. Stir occasionally to avoid burning the grounds on the saucepan bottom.
  • Cook up your coffee, while it is uncovered, for about two minutes.
  • As the water boils, add your coffee. The amount of coffee needed varies. Nevertheless, for every six ounces of water, aim to use two tablespoons of coffee.
  • Kill the heat swiftly, cover the pan, and wait for all of the grounds to settle at the bottom. This may take four to five minutes.
  • Remove the pot and briefly allow it to cool. Doing this ensures the grounds will settle. Remember to switch off your stove.

You are done! Now pour your drink, slowly, using the ladle, right into your cups.

Method 2: The Coffee Bag

You probably are among those who usually wake up fired up, well prepared to for a busy day. You have reasons to be happy! You can easily make a small tea bag of coffee grounds for yourself, using a very traditional method last known in France in the18th Century!

However, to do this, first gather some necessary items as below:

Gather the Essentials:

You will require the following:

  • Coffee grounds.
  • Coffee filter.
  • Hot Water.
  • String.
  • A Cup.

Brewing Method

  • Make at least one serving of the grounds of coffee. Pour this into the filter.
  • Tightly close the filter, ensuring you make a small pouch filled with coffee grounds.
  • Use the string to tie it. Leave one end hanging outside the cup, in the same way you do with tea bags.
  • Heat the water in the microwave, using a pot, a kettle, or cup.
  • Put your filter bag into the empty mug.
  • Pour the boiled water in a cup. Do not overfill.
  • Leave the drink alone to settle for about four minutes. This timing may be increased or decreased as necessary. Depending on your preference, the drink will either be weaker or stronger.
  • Get rid of the filter prior to drinking.

Method 3: Using the Strainer

If you do not have a coffee maker or the filters, it is too bad. You probably need to visit the local store fast. Using a strainer, though, things may turn out right for you.

Despite this, do not use whatever strainer you can get. No. Use one with tiny holes. An example is a strainer that has a mesh with a double-layer. This will prevent the grounds from getting into the mug.

Gather the Essentials

You need:

  • Coffee grounds.
  • A Mug.
  • Water.
  • Mesh strainer (use a conical type).
  • Kettle or saucepan.                                                                                             

Brewing Process

  • Measure a little water, depending on how many cups you plan to have. Pour the water into the saucepan or kettle.
  • Add the right measure of the grounds vis a vis the cups needed. Stir it.
  • Let the water boil. Two minutes will do,
  • Remove the pan off the fire.
  • Put the strainer over your mug, pouring the drink through. In this way, the sieve will retain the grounds coming out of the pan. Unlike using the saucepan, with a strainer, you will just wait briefly before the beans settle.

Method 4: The Hanky

These days, you can easily prepare a cup of your favorite coffee drink using a cheaper, more rustic and environment-friendly method.

True, it requires some patience, but you are eventually assured that you will be drinking some coffee grounds fast. For excellent results, utilize a jar rather than a typical coffee mug.

Gather the Essentials

You need:

  • Grounds of coffee
  • A Mason jar or mug
  • Hot water
  • Clothespins
  • A clean hanky or linen. Even cheesecloth works!


  • Cover the hanky over the mug. Press it, making a pouch large enough to carry a coffee grounds serving.
  • Fix the clothing with your binder clips. Three clips will prevent the hanky from falling into the drink.
  • Scoop a cup of the grounds. Transfer it to the pouch.
  • Sprinkle a little boiling water on your grounds. Wait for 30 seconds for it to be absorbed on the ground thoroughly.
  • Pour the hot water. Adjust the clips slowly as you do this, in case they slip.
  • Finally, retrieve the grounds. It is time to start enjoying your coffee.

Method 5: The French Press

Pressed coffee is a popular brewing style, adored by thousands of coffee lovers worldwide. Happily, it can be duplicated easily. It is simple enough to brew, whether you are working indoors or enjoying an outdoor adventure.

Gather the Essentials

 You need:

  • Hot water
  • Coffee grounds( try coarse-ground)
  • A Tablespoon
  • A Mug
  • Deep bowl

Brewing it

  • Put one tablespoon per cup of coffee grounds into your bowl.
  • Pour in a little boiling water. Let it saturate the grounds.
  • Add the right amount of hot water into the bowl, enough for the servings of grounds. Let it stay for four minutes.
  • After the grounds have settled, use the tablespoon to press them gently towards the bottom of the bowl. Be careful, however, not to splash yourself.
  • Pour the coffee slowly into the mug. Use the spoon to keep the grounds at the bottom of the bowl pressed. It also keeps the grounds from falling into the cup.

Method 6. The Cowboy

You certainly won’t need a horse or a ten-gallon hat to make this adorable coffee. Why you can make it anywhere! All you need is just a little element of grit and some intelligence.

Gather the Essentials:

You need:

  • Coffee grounds.
  • Kettle pot.
  • Water.
  • Spoon.
  • Mug.
  • Utensil for stirring.

Brewing Process

  • Put one tablespoon of coffee grounds for every serving of coffee into your kettle.
  • Add eight ounces of water in the kettle, per serving. Stir well.
  • Put the kettle over the fire or stove and let the contents to a boil.
  • After boiling for two minutes, remove the kettle from the fire.
  • Allow four minutes, and the grounds will sink to the bottom.
  • Pour the coffee slowly into the mug. As you sieve, remember that this is cowboy coffee. It requires few grounds in it.

Method 7. The Microwave

You probably have no drip machine, string, or time to waste? How do you handle this? Simple. Just make sure you have a microwave and power at home, and you are done! You can have your coffee in peace! This is one of the simplest known brewing methods.

Gather the Essentials

You need just a few items:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Water
  • Microwave
  • Mug 

Brewing Process

  • Fill the mug with water. For two minutes, put it in the microwave. Make sure the water is very hot, but not boiling.
  • Take a tablespoon of coffee grounds and stir. You will hear a sizzling sound when first mixing them.
  • Allow the mug to stay for four minutes. This allows you to brew ground coffee, allowing it to settle to the bottom.
  • Enjoy your coffee! Avoid a sip of coffee grounds, unless you like chewy coffee without a filter.

Method 8. Swedish Egg

This is one of the more unique Swedish tastes. It is a wildly popular method for coffee brewing that requires no traditional coffee maker! There is, however, a delightful little item neatly stashed in: an egg!

Gather the Essentials:

You need:

  • Fresh egg(s)
  • A cup or small bowl
  • Coarsely ground coffee
  • Saucepan
  • Ice cold water
  • Room-temp water
  • A cup or small bowl
  • Filter (cheesecloth or hanky)

Brewing Process

  • Boil the water in your pan (1 cup per serving).
  • As the water boils, crack the egg into a cup. If you wish to make several servings, use a small bowl.
  • Put the whole egg in, including the shell!
  • Once the egg crushes and stirs, add your coffee grounds and stir again.
  • Add in the slurry and boil the mix for 3-5 minutes. Don’t allow it to overflow.
  • When the slurry becomes a big chunk and floats to the top, splash in a cup of ice-cold water. Wait for a minute as the grounds sink to the bottom.
  • Pour the coffee slowly through your improvised filter, into the mug.

It is now ready. Enjoy it!

Method 9. Cold Brew

Cold Brew coffee has recently gained popularity among the coffee lovers. Know how to brew cold coffe from the following section.

Gather the Essentials

  • You Need:
  • A Refrigerator
  • Coarse coffee grounds
  • Water
  • 2 Wide mouth mason jars
  • Cheesecloth or similar filtration items, like hanky or fine mesh strainer.
  • 14-24 hours of patience!

Brewing It

  • Use a 1:5 ratio of grounds to water.
  • Place the ground in a mason jar and wet them. Wait for 30 seconds then add more water.
  • Stir the mix and screw on the Mason jar top.
  • Put it in the fridge, waiting between 14-24 hours. Time depends on the desired strength.
  • After some time, place the strainer on top of the other mason to catch the grounds.
  • Use clips to hold it in place while pouring the coffee into the other container.
  • Keep the filtered concentrate in the fridge for 7-10 days.

Note: DO NOT dilute all the concentrate at once. Not unless you wish to drink the whole batch in less than three days!

Method 10. Instant Coffee

Despite its bitter taste, instant coffee has tenaciously stayed around for about a century! There’s a good reason—it’s convenient. Moreover, in case of an emergency, a supply of instant coffee can practically save a life. It is, probably, not the most delicious coffee you will ever taste. Nevertheless, it will fight off that migraine that occurs whenever you skip the coffee.

Gather the Essentials

What you need:

  •  A filter
  •  String
  •  A kettle or pot
  •  A measuring cup

Brewing It

  • Heat the water. Water may be boiled using a saucepan, tea kettle, microwave oven or an electric hot pot.
  • Fill the cookware with adequate water for the coffee. Put it on the stove. Set the medium to high heat and remove it once the water starts to simmer or boil.
  • Boil the water in the microwave and insert a wooden chopstick or other non-metallic utensils inside. Heat it for 1 to 2-minute intervals until the water bubbles.
  • Heat the water with an electric hot pot. Set it to a medium or high setting. Heat until the water’s ready.

Method 11. Turkish coffee

This one gives both a satisfying taste of coffee and a shot of Turkish culture.

What you need

  • A very small pot
  • A spoon
  • A measuring cup
  • Turkish coffee instructions
  • Turkish coffee method materials
  • Five ounces of cold water.

Brewing Process

  • You can brew it in a measuring cup, or vessel with an espresso cup. Add the water to the pot, setting it to medium.
  • Add one teaspoon of coffee to the smaller pot. Do not stir.
  • Add a desired quantity of sugar or just one tablespoon. Do not stir.
  • When the water starts to heat, stir the mix, and lower the heat.
  • Let the mixture simmer, without boiling.
  • As the mixture foams, thickens and cools, pour into a cup. Do this three times. Be patient!
  • Pour the mixture in a cup. Allow the grinds to sink.

It is now ready! Sip and enjoy!

Method 12. Linen or Cloth

Gather the Essentials

  • Makeshift coffee filter
  • Kettle
  • Makeshift Filter
  • Ground coffee
  • Clips or band
  • Freshly ground coffee
  • Hot water ( below boiling)
  • A standard paper filter (or similar item)
  • Large coffee mug
  • Paper clips,
  • binders, or elastics

Brewing Process

  • Prepare your filter. Get a clean handkerchief (or filter). Fold it into a square, fitting the mouth of your cup or mug.
  • Leave 2 inches of a cloth margin hanging over the cup sides.
  • Securely, clamp the handkerchief to the cup sides.
  • Check the clip- tightness to ensure the cloth remains in place while you pour hot water.
  • Grind the coffee to a medium-coarse grind. It is advisable to use good quality burr grinders for consistent results.
  • Grind till you reach the first cup symbol or marking.
  • Put the ground coffee onto the filter set-up. Shake it a little, to spread the grounds on the filter equally.
  • Boil two cups of water.
  • Let the water cool for thirty seconds.
  • Pour a little water on the grounds, enough to wet the coffee.
  • Allow it to bloom. This means your coffee is fresh. It will soon release CO2 gases.
  • Properly saturate all the coffee grounds.
  • After all the water seeps through the handkerchief, carefully remove the clips and the makeshift filter.
  • Unfold the handkerchief
  • First, fold the kerchief in half, use the clips.
  • Use the right grinds to get the proper coffee.

You are finally done!

Additional Tips

Use a Percolator

A Percolator is inexpensive, easy to find, and can be used on anything, from the electric stove to the camp stove. A percolator can save the day just in case the drip coffee maker dies in the morning or power goes out for days. Have them handy for brewing coffee without the regular machine!

Whichever of the 12 fantastic methods you choose, we hope you are already sampling a piping hot, fresh pot of coffee! The choice is indeed yours. Happy caffeinating!

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I prepared my first Sunday supper at the age of ten for my Italian American family. I can still remember the dishes: pasta with homemade meatballs, steamed broccoli, salad, and COFFEE, the only thing that my family still talks about. Thus, began a culinary adventure where coffee has always been the centerpiece. By profession, I am a gastronomist and food historian living in Sacramento, California with wife and a lovely daughter. My passion for coffee has reached so far that I learnt everything what a bartender would know. I share my epicurean memories through this blog. It is my immense pleasure to write for the people who are interested in creating delectable recipes and wonderful caffeinated memories in their own kitchens. Read my posts to get more of my exciting ideas!


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